Author Archives: Paul

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.

The Desert In Bloom

The park contains two types of desert, mojave and colorado. Yesterday’s pics were from the mojave desert section. Today’s pics are from the colorado desert. First an oasis complete with palm trees. Then a south-facing bajada (slope below the mountains). … Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna at Joshua Tree National Park

Here are a few of the wonderful and unique plants in Joshua Tree National Park. And here are some of the animals commonly seen in the park. I also saw desert cottontail rabbits, but they were too fast for me. … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

Leaving our house in capable hands we headed out on the open road again. At our first rest stop we saw our neighbors, Bob and Carolyn! The four of us explored the tourism options of our fair state. We stuck … Continue reading

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Eagles, Swans, Sunshine, and Fresh Air

Recently we took a day trip to the Skagit River Delta. This area was diked in the early 20th century and has become very rich farmland with lots of waterways. It is attractive to migratory birds of all kinds. Some … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights

As our friends in western Washington know, walking to see the Christmas lights was not possible last evening. The same wind storm that hit the Seattle area came into Victoria just as we were preparing to take a night time … Continue reading

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Winter at Abkhazi Garden

No rain today and even a bit of sunshine. Therefore, this was the day for Abkhazi Garden. This little gem owned and operated by the Land Conservancy of B.C., is one of our favorites in Victoria. We were not the … Continue reading

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Rainy December Day in Beacon Hill Park

Today we walked from our condo on Victoria’s harbor to Beacon Hill Park through intermittent rainfall. The route goes through the James Bay neighborhood, an area filled with lovely Victorian homes and some marvelously designed new ones. However, the real … Continue reading

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Skagit Delta Day Trip

We got away from the city today with a day trip to the Skagit River Delta. Our first stop was La Conner for a waterfront walk and lunch. La Conner fronts the east side of the Swinomish Channel and the … Continue reading

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Vancouver Island Adieu!

Although we have been busy hiking and I have been playing ukulele, I haven’t abandoned painting. Here are two small pieces (4×4) I did in the last few days. The first is the next in a series of quick loose … Continue reading

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Miracle Beach Again

Yesterday we returned to Miracle Beach. What a beautiful combination of beach… …and forest. We stopped for lunch at Salmon Point Resort. The restaurant was an unexpected delight. We both had salmon burgers – 5 oz. filets of fresh salmon … Continue reading

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